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Too little sleep could shrink your brain

Too little sleep could shrink your brain

A new study published online in Neurology suggests that getting too little sleep could lead to a shrinking brain.The study involved 147 adults with an average age of 54 years. They underwent two brain scans, one at the start of the study and one an average of three and half years later. Before getting the scans, participants completed a questionnaire about their sleep habits.

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The Causes, Effects and Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

The Causes, Effects and Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a common condition that afflicts 47 million American adults, or almost a quarter of the adult population. Symptoms can interfere with memory, energy levels, mental abilities, and emotional mood. A study conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center in 1999 indicates that the condition drastically affects the body’s ability to metabolize glucose, leading to symptoms that mimic early-stage diabetes.

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Parasomnia and Childhood Sleep Disorders

Parasomnia and Childhood Sleep Disorders

Many childhood sleep disorders are actually types of parasomnia. Somnambulism, night terrors, bedwetting, talking while asleep, and body rocking are much more common in children than they are in adults. Most children outgrow these problems before adolescence. Parents may note an increase in frequency or intensity when their child is ill, under stress, or taking certain medications.

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